mystery The answer to the clues may be found at the bottom of this column.    Teachers and Parents: Enter to win an entire set of Dawn’s nature books of one title for your home or classroom. It's fun and easy!
Just read the clues below. They describe an aspect of nature—a plant, animal, mineral, habitat, or natural process.
When you're ready to make your guess about who or what I am, click ENTER NOW.
Who Am I?
spacerglass1 Clue 1:  I'm a member of the "dog family."
glass1 Clue 2:  I live throughout North America in deserts, prairies, forests, and even in towns and cities.
glass1 Clue 3:  You might hear me howling at night to communicate with my pack.
glass1 Clue 4:  Don't let me trick you—I am NOT a wolf.
Do you think you know who I am? ENTER NOW.
Entries should be submitted no later than noon on Friday.
If you guessed correctly, you’re automatically entered into the monthly drawing for a set of nature books from Dawn Publications.
A contest winner will be announced at the end of September.
Throughout the school year, clues for a new Who Am I are posted no later than Sunday night, so you can use them with your class on Monday morning.Good luck!
The answer to last week's mystery was: SEASHELLS Although Inside Outside Nature blog is changing it's focus, this weekly "Who Am I?" will remain the same! Teachers, click here to get ideas about how to use the contest with your students.  

Meet The Mouse and the Meadow

MOUSE_COVER2Get ready to experience the meadow at “ground level” through the eyes of an adorable mouse who is venturing out into the meadow for the first time in The Mouse and the Meadow.

Young readers will delight in Mouse’s adventures as they learn about the relationships and interconnectedness of the plants and animals in the meadow.

In dramatic scenes, a sinuous snake and a fearsome owl come close to harming the little rodent. But there are tender, rosy-hued moments in which he shares a furry rabbit’s burrow and wondrous ones in which the mouse first discovers a group of fireflies. —Kirkus Review

Check out Dawn Publication’s homepage to read about a FREE book app that makes the meadow creatures come alive as Mouse scurries across the pages.


INSIDE: Rhyme Time

MOUSEB1The Mouse and the Meadow is written in rhyme, with the last word in each pair of lines rhyming, such as when Mouse meets a Box Turtle:

The mouse gave his attention to the turtle’s candid words,/Which warned the mouse of hidden snakes and predatory birds. / So far he was fond of all the dwellers in this ’hood, / That is until he came upon a patch of rotting wood….”

In this Rhyme Time activity students will listen for the rhyme and brainstorm a list of additional rhyming words.



photoThis week’s OUTSIDE activity isn’t outside in nature, but it is outside of the classroom.

I’d like to suggest that you visit an independent book store. I know what you might be thinking, “Ordering books online is so much more convenient and cheaper than going to a bookstore.”

Nevertheless, by going to a bookstore you give yourself the luxury of time to browse shelves of books and actually flip through the pages. What’s your closest indie bookstore? Mine is The Book Seller.

Author James Patterson believes so strongly in the importance of independently owned bookstores that he’s giving away $1,000,000 to small bookstores all across the country. He said,

We’re in a juncture right now where bookstores as we have known them are at risk . . . and getting kids reading is at risk. —James Patterson